Though she was a native American, Katherine Norman had spent most of her sixteen years traveling all over the world with her father. Now that she was a high school senior, she and Dad agreed it was time she became ""repatriated"" and she had come to live with Aunt in San Francisco for the year. Depressed at first by her Aunt's cheerless reception, Kit soon loses herself in a round of school and social activities. Her neighbor, Bob Macdonald, regrets her involvement with a superficial crowd, but Katherine is too happy at being accepted to worry about Bob or to question the group's pseudo-sophisticated standards. A series of incidents, however, brings disenchantment with The Crowd, appreciation of her Aunt's lonely courage, and the beginning of a mature romance with Bob. This is top-notch writing on the teen-age level --conversations and characters that really convince, excitement without artificiality, and a moral so subtly introduced that it is swallowed painlessly. There is something for every teen-age girl, too, in this level look at our American conformity-compulsion through the eyes of a newcomer who dares to be different.